Located in the Pacific Ocean, Philippines is a rapidly developing South East Asian country whose national capital is Manila. This country spreads over an area of 300000 Square kilometers and this very fact makes it is the 64th largest nation in the entire world.
With a population of 99 Million people, Philippines is a densely populated country, ranking 12th on the list of the most populous countries in the world. In the past few years, Philippines has seen rapid growth in terms of industrialization, urbanization and real estate and due to this, the country is slowly becoming a hub of business activity.
Transportation in Philippines
Due to the fact that most of Philippines has mountainous turf and scattered land, the transportation system in most parts of the country is highly under developed.
The Philippines government hasn’t made any huge investments in the infrastructure of the nation and this has led to slow development of the transportation.However, recent few years have seen many new projects coming up which have contributed to improvement in overall transportation system.
- The main mode of transportation in Philippines is Jeepneys and are a reflection of the culture of this country. These are small, privately owned vehicles which run particular routes.
- Motorized tricycles are also another popular means of transportation for Filipinos. These tricycles are more common in the rural parts of the country.
- In Manila, trains are slowly becoming a preferred way to travel from one area to another. These are seen as a convenient means of public transport.
- There are 12 International airports in Philippines and more than 20 others which cater to domestic transportation in the country.
- Taxis, buses and personal vehicles are some of the other major transport systems in the country.
- Philippines has three main or major railway networks and these are Philippine National railway, LRT and MRT.
Cost of land Transportation in Philippines:
- The cost of travelling in a Tricycle varies according to the distance. It starts from 2 pesos for a small distance and may go up to 12 pesos for a longer trip.
- For Jeepneys, the starting price if 4 pesos for the first three kilometers and then 1 peso more for each kilometer after that.
- Buses are another means of affordable transport in the country and cost 4 pesos for a non-air conditioned one to 9 pesos for an air conditioned one. For each successive kilometer, half a peso is further added to the cost.
- Taxis are more expensive than any of the above said means of transport and the price for the first 500 meters is 25 pesos and for every 250 meters after that, 2 pesos is added to the price
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Water Transportation in Philippines:
Some means of water transportation in Philippines are river ferries, large cargo ships, small pump boats and cruise ships etc. There are many ports and harbors in this Island nation and the Port of Manila is the busiest port. Some other cities with busy ports are Bacolod City, Davao city, Subic etc.